Integrative Research on Resources

Ressourcenforschung umfasst Natur und Gesellschaft
Ressourcenforschung umfasst Natur und Gesellschaft (Image: A. Bernasconi)
Ressourcenforschung umfasst Natur und Gesellschaft
Ressourcenforschung umfasst Natur und Gesellschaft (Image: A. Bernasconi)

Lead: Patrick Wäger (

Members: Andreas Bernasconi (Pan Bern), Basil Bornemann (Universität Basel), Olivier Ejderyan (ETHZ) (core group). Franziska Schmid (RisikoWissen), Michael Stauffacher (ETHZ) (extended group).

Goals and focus

Natural resources are a central reference point for environmental science and practice. There is much to suggest that modern societies go hand in hand with a systematic overexploitation of natural resources. Short-sighted economic interests and growth imperatives are not the only factors responsible for dysfunctional patterns of natural resource use. Rather, they are also the result of our increasingly fragmented knowledge of natural resources. In both science and practice, this has led to efforts to address natural resource management in a more integrated way.

The Working Group on Integrative Resource Research (IRF) has developed a conceptual framework for this, with which new approaches, methods and research techniques can be devised and shaped towards a more reflective understanding of integration-oriented research on natural resources (Bornemann et al. 2017). The aim of the AG IRF is to further sharpen the concept of "integrative resource research", to deepen and apply what has been developed to date by means of examples, and to make the insights and insights gained available to a wider audience.

Current activites

Based on its publication "Research on Natural Resources: The Quest for Integration Revisited" (Bornemann et al. 2017), published in 2017, the AG IRF is currently examining methods, techniques and practices for integrative resource research on the basis of case studies. The findings from these and other case studies will be published in a joint publication.

Further publications

  • Bornemann, B., Bernasconi, A., Ejderyan, O., Schmid, F., Wäger, P., Zingeli, C. (2017) Research on Natural Resources: The Quest for Integration Revisited. GAIA 26(1), 16-21.
  • Wäger, P. (2014) Die Rolle der Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften in einer «integrativen» Forschung zu natürlichen Ressourcen. SAGW Bulletin 4/2014, 54-55. (pdf)
  • Wäger, P., Ejderyan, O., Schmid, F., Stauffacher, M., Zingerli, C. (2014). The Role of Social Sciences and Humanities in Integrative Research on Natural Resources. GAIA 23/2: 142-144. (pdf)
  • Wäger, P., Stauffacher, M. (2013) The role of the social sciences and of the humanities in research on a more sustainable use of natural resources. In: World Resources Forum, Resource Efficiency, Governance and Lifestyles. Meeting Report World Resources Forum, Davos, October 6-9, 2013.
  • Zingerli, C., Wäger, P., Schmid, F., Ejderyan, O., Stauffacher M. (2013) Towards integrative research on natural resources. Poster für Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinary Day 2013, 21. Oktober, Bern. (pdf)

  • Publications

Teaser towards shared research
  • 2020

Towards shared research

Intercultural, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research interfaces confront researchers with considerable challenges. Towards Shared Research portrays how scholars from different disciplinary and geographical origins and at various academic career stages strive for a more inclusive and better understanding of knowledge about African environments.

The book is addressed to researchers, facilitators, and policy-makers to make a case for participatory and integrative approaches resulting in systemic and co-created analyses.
Umschlag GAIA18-1
  • 2018

Gesellschaftliche Transformation – welche Rolle(n) für den Staat?

Bei der saguf-Jahrestagung 2017 wurde über die Rolle(n) des Staats für die
gesellschaftliche Transformation diskutiert: Wie kann und soll der Staat auf gesellschaftliche Transformationen einwirken?
saguf-Mitteilungen GAIA 25/4
  • 2016

Stakeholder Dialogue for Sustainability. The Challenge of Thinking between Boxes

saguf board members participated in a Stakeholder Dialogue initiated by the Swiss Federal Council to jointly elaborate its new Sustainable Development Strategy.
Nachhaltiger Umgang mit natürlichen Ressourcen
  • 2013

Nachhaltiger Umgang mit natürlichen Ressourcen – sozial-­ und geisteswissenschaftliche Forschungslandschaft der universitären Hochschulen der Schweiz

Die Studie im Auftrag der SAGW informiert über den Forschungsstand in den Sozial-­ und Geisteswissenschaften in der Hochschullandschaft der Schweiz zum nachhaltigen Umgang mit begrenzten natürlichen Ressourcen.